The School of Communication Studies Will Host Final Fall Semester Colloquium on the Controversial 2016 Presidential Election

The School of Communication Studies will host its last colloquium for the Fall 2016 semester on Friday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall, Room 312/314.

The final colloquium will be a panel discussion with School of Communication Studies professor Paul Haridakis, assistant professors Michael Beam and J.D. Ponder and Journalism and Mass Communication assistant professor Chance York. The topic of discussion is titled, “Communication and Information in the 2016 Presidential Election: Interpretations, Consequences and Implications for the Future of American Society and Politics.”

Attendees will be able to hear communication experts discuss the consequences of mixed messages and interpretations of information in the most recent 2016 presidential election. The discussion will address the impact of miscommunication on future politics, along with analyzing voting patterns. Attendees will learn how the media played a vital role during the campaigns and intensified the political climate between political parties.

“The many controversial events that occurred throughout 2016 significantly impacted the way people voted in this year’s presidential election,” Ponder said. “The way the media communicate to the world has a huge influence in the way people react to the election results. It all relates back to the communication strategies used by the candidates and media.”

In addition to hearing communication experts discuss the election, the media and implications for the future, the audience will also be able to ask questions at the end of the panel discussion to further hear opinions and viewpoints.

The presentation is free of charge and all faculty and graduate students are invited to attend. The series provides an opportunity for faculty and students to foster intellectual and collaborative discussions, and to stay informed about current research efforts.

Details about future colloquiums will be available at at a later date. For questions or consideration for future colloquiums, contact Aaron Bacue at

POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:30am
Mikala Lugen